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Cowboy's quarterback Tony Romo will miss at least three weeks of practice after undergoing surgery last month to have a cyst in his back removed.
The Texas team announced on its website Tuesday that the quarterback would not be joining his team for training later that day. Romo was scheduled for a live press conference to discuss his absence on Tuesday afternoon.
"Romo underwent surgery last month to remove a cyst from his back. The procedure will likely keep him out of the next three weeks of OTA practices and possibly the three-day minicamp in June," the Cowboys news blog informed. "The Cowboys are confident their starting quarterback will be ready for training camp when the club leaves for Oxnard, Calif. on July 19."
The Cowboys were quick to go on the defense and suggest that Romo's absence would be unlikely to have a strong negative impact on Cowboy fans.
"It could look absolutely awful for the Cowboys that their $100 Millon Man is on the sideline, and it could still amount to absolutely nothing," Cowboys writer David Hellman said.
Romo said Monday that he decided to have the cyst removed because it was causing him severe backaches.
"I'd rather be 100 percent, not 96 percent. It's done and it's made me feel better," he told the Dallas news.
Romo also reiterated that his absence was not likely to affect training camp.
"If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could," he told the newspaper. "This is just about being smart. That's why I did it now. This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there's a good chance I'm on the field for minicamp."
The player remained healthy through all of last year.